The Thousand Oaks mass shooting is the 307th shooting in America this year. Today is the 311th day of the year.
12 innocent people were killed Wednesday night at a bar in the close-knit city of Thousand Oaks, CA. One of the 12 victims was Sergeant Ron Helus of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. Sgt. Helus confronted the gunman and was shot several times.
The gunman, a 28-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Afghanistan, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in an office of the bar.
Pastor Greg Laurie offered the following statement:
“Whenever these horrible shootings happen we immediately pivot to issues like gun control and mental illness. Those discussions all have their place of course, but there is another factor at work, in fact the most significant factor of all – pure evil. According to the Bible, there really is a devil, there really is evil, and because of this people can be be motivated to do unimaginable things, like a man walking into a bar and indiscriminately shooting people.
“This is why America needs to pray. We need to pray for the protection of people wherever they are, synagogues, churches, malls, restaurants and wherever else they congregate. We must also acknowledge the courageous efforts of law enforcement and other first responders. Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29 year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department ran in when everyone else was running out. Tragically, he was shot and killed. Sgt. Helus was a true hero. Let’s all continue to pray for the families of those who were killed. Their lives will be changed forever. They need to turn to the ‘God of all comfort’ in a time like.”
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, released the following statement:
Following the tragic shooting this morning in Thousand Oaks, California, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the USCCB, issued a statement calling for the enactment of reasonable measures to end gun violence. More: https://t.co/PVNm5d7rx3 pic.twitter.com/Q1bZJvIDvr
— US Catholic Bishops (@USCCB) November 8, 2018
Bishop T.D. Jakes asked his Twitter followers to join him in prayer:
Join me in prayer for the people impacted by this morning’s tragic shooting in Thousand Oaks, CA. More than anything, when the world ceases to make sense, I am reminded to find solace in God. pic.twitter.com/OBfyJhVFi7
— T.D. Jakes (@BishopJakes) November 8, 2018
Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, issued the following statement:
“What truly horrific news to wake up to this morning, that twelve young people were brutally murdered on a Wednesday evening that should have been fun, youthful and carefree. I’m heartbroken for my fellow Californians, for the families that have lost loved ones, including first responder and hero, Sgt. Ron Helus of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. May God comfort all those touched by yet another senseless tragedy.”
Vice President Mike pence requested prayers on Twitter:
…Please pray for comfort & healing for their families & all impacted. @POTUS directed the full resources of the federal government to support the investigation.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) November 8, 2018
Many of the patrons at the bar last night were also survivors of the Route 91 Country Music Festival shooting last October.